Does Veritas (truth) transcend philosophy, politics, religion, family loyalty, economics, society, culture? I believe it does although admittedly one will sometimes have to make difficult choices.
In recent times two standard bearers of the Republican Party have created controversy by going against their conservative principles. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, in a well-publicized speech last week used states rights and egalitarian arguments speaking in favor of same sex marriage:
"I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone," Cheney said in a speech at the National
Press Club. "I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish."
"And I think that's the way it ought to be handled today, that is, on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don't have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that," he said.
Ted Olson, the former Solicitor General under Bush 41, was also the lead counsel before the Supreme Court that essentially won the presidency for Bush 43 in the pivotal case, “Bush v. Gore” (2000). Now, Olson is part of a legal team including co-counsel and Bill Clinton crony, David Boise, who have filed suit in
California federal court seeking to overturn Proposition 8 and re-establish the right of same-sex couples to marry.
The suit contends that the state's marriage prohibition, upheld Tuesday by the California Supreme Court, violates the federal constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry. "I personally think it is time that we as a nation get past distinguishing people on the basis of sexual orientation, and that a grave injustice is being done to people by making these distinctions," Olson recently remarked. “The constitution protects individuals' basic rights that cannot be taken away by a vote,” Olson said.
I must state unequivocally that I am shocked by the anti-constitutionalism of these two giants of the GOP. Why are these men on such a public crusade promoting perverse liberal ideas? Thomas Paine, a champion in the early days of the American Revolution , answers my question in this wise — Reason obeys itself. Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. Cheney and Olson have dedicated their careers to promoting reason, conservative principles and conservative moral values. Both men have also suffered great criticism from the state media and liberal Democrats for their seemingly incorruptible stance on conservatism.
Yet we have the antecedent of Paine’s sublime words — Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. Like all men, Cheney and Olson are merely men of flesh and blood. One of the most obstinate human weaknesses is the desire to fit in, to be wanted, to be part of the “in crowd.” Even President Ronald Reagan bowed to feminist pressure groups to nominate the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court:
Sandra Day O’Connor, whose 25 year tenure (1981-2006), was a bitter disappointment to Reagan and his conservative legacy that sought to promote strict constructionist constitutional jurisprudence.
Reagan wanted to fit in and the Constitution suffered reproach.
So it is with Cheney and Olson today. Nobody likes to be a pariah all the time. Cheney and Olson are quintessential conservative Americans. They have feelings. I theorize that their public pronouncements in favor of gay marriage stem deeper than Cheney’s lesbian daughter, Mary Cheney and Olson’s mea culpa for “stealing” the 2000 election from Al Gore. That would be too simplistic of an argument. No, these men have a longing that all men have above virtually all else — the yearning to be loved. Sometimes this desire for love can be so compelling that it can lead one to places of infamy.
In a recent article on the Israel/Iran crisis titled, “Israelis growing increasingly anxious about Obama policies,” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/69296.html one comment by “Gabriel” seemed to voice the frustrations of the treacherous duplicity of Republicans here in
America during the Age of Obama, writing that:
The takeover of GM has been primarily engineered by Democrats, although Republicans aren't offering much resistance. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were regulated into failure by Democrats (forcing them to give loans to unworthy applicants). The collapse of Enron was brought about by loopholes put in there by Republicans, but supported by Democrats. The huge military industry which takes such a huge portion of taxpayer money is championed by Republicans, but supported by Democrats as well. The failing education system is run by Democrats, but Republicans want to infect private schools with the same conditions of failure that have infected the public schools.
Everywhere you look, Republicans and Democrats are working together to hasten the demise of our country.
How many Republicans have spoke out against Obama's hollow demands for a halt to the illegal settlements? None.
Gabriel speaks like the great
Israel prophets of old. Republicans stand for nothing. They have virtually morphed into the Democrat Socialist Party.
I conclude where I began with the enduring words of Thomas Paine, Reason obeys itself. Ignorance follows what is dictated to it.
America, will you compromise Veritas even for expediency sake, for historical revisionism sake (Olson)? Or to maintain the fragile love of your daughter or endeavor to get liberals to like you (Cheney)? Truth must never be compromised even for short term gain for to do so is the commit the folly of Goethe’s Faust, who made a deal with the devil and in the end, lost his soul. Compromising on truth for whatever good reason will cause the eventual destruction of all that you love and hold in reverence.
It is impossible for rational men who declare to venerate the Constitution’s framers to support a constitutional right to same-sex marriage unless you first make the fascist, anti-intellectual leap to separate legality from morality.
While I admire you, Vice President Cheney and Solicitor General
Ted Olson, I love
and its immutable principles founded on Veritas, liberty, Natural Law and the Judeo-Christian traditions of intellectual thought, eternally the more!
6 June 2009